Basically designed as a working cat - assigned the task of guarding
against mice and rats aboard Pilgrim ships on their way to America
in the 17th century - the American Shorthair is a direct descendant
of the British Shorthair.
their even temperaments and hale and hearty constitutions, the
American Shorthair breed remains among the most popular in the USA.
American Shorthair behavior
to 15 years or more, the affectionate and easy-going American
Shorthair is a good choice for any large, active family. Good
with kids, other pets (and even dogs) they also
make for great mousers and are one of the few breeds who are not
averse to splashing in puddles or playing in water!
sturdy frames make them one of the longest-lived cat breeds, American
Shorthairs still neeed plenty of exercise. If kept indoors, be sure to provide them with
a variety of toys to keep them busy.
American Shorthairs are known for their hearty appetites, but overfeeding by well-meaning owners can often lead
to obesity, intestinal problems or even serious disease.
coats lustrous by brushing a few times a week. This will also
help avoid hair balls and excessive shedding, especially during
the spring season when they will commonly lose their protective
DID YOU KNOW? American Shorthair fun facts
Bred in up to 60 colors, the sterling silver
American Shorthair remains the most popular.
• American Shorthairs can trace their roots all the way back to the Mayflower, when pilgrims brought their British shorthairs with them to the New World. The first harsh winters helped thin out the weaker population, resulting in the sturdy breed now known as the American Shorthair.
• The American shorthair is not the same as a domestic shorthair, which is typically a garden variety house cat. The only way to know for sure if your cat is truly an American shorthair is with papers from a certified breeder.
• Another way to tell difference between domestic shorthairs and American Shorthairs are their distinctive eyes, which are bigger and rounder than typical cats' eyes.
• American shorthairs are bred in upwards of 60 colors, though sterling silver coat with black "tabby" markings is still the most popular.
• Great with kids and pet dogs, the breed is also known for exhibiting an independent American spirit. That means they can be left alone at home for long periods of time without destroying the furniture!
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